The Personal Poem

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This workshop will focus on how autobiography mediates and revivifies past events that surface in some perfected, universalized form. Through writing prompts and mini-lectures on poetic craft and history of the genre, participants will learn how the very construction of the poem is a means to contain—and often transform—subjective material so that self-revelation can take place. Participants of all levels are invited—no previous poetry experience required.

About Judith Harris

Judith Harris, Ph.D., is the author of two books of poetry, Night Garden (Tiger Bark, 2013), Atonement (LSU, 2000) and The Bad Secret (LSU, 2006) and a critical book, Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self Through Writing, a study of psychoanalytic processes underlying literary perception. Her poetry has appeared recently in The Nation, The Hudson Review, The New Republic, Slate, Ploughshares, American Life in Poetry, and the Atlantic.


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